Malik Nashad Sharpe
He’s Dead

Part of the program POPDEATHPOWER by Dansehallerne x Betty.

He’s Dead is a dark fantasy choreography that engages with the question ‘Was Tupac depressed?’ This question cannot be answered and so this conceptual group work uses dance, text, live action, and sound, at the juncture of darker schemas, atmospheres, and dramaturgies to shed tears for the things that we cannot unearth.

Moving beyond the social framework of hope, He’s Dead works with undercurrent modes of meaning-production, utilising choreography as a tool and formal force for interrogating, in this case, im/possibility. The work proliferates marginal identifications and melancholic subjectivities as both a fantasy framework and as practises against dehumanisation.

He’s Dead is created by the British shooting star Malik Nashad Sharpe aka Marikiscrycrycry. The performance is presented as part of the program POPDEATHPOWER by Dansehallerne x Betty.

Artist Talk on March 9th: Audiences are invited to an artist talk with Malik Nashad Sharpe aka Marikiscrycrycry after the performance March 9th. Duration: App. 25 min.



Malik Nashad Sharpe


He’s Dead




3.9–10.2022, 20:00


50 minutes


Concept, choreography and direction: Marikiscrycrycry. Dancers: Alexander Love, Blue Makwana, Eve Stainton and Marikiscrycrycry Sound designers: JONI, Joanna Pope, ¥ummy Online. Sound research: Dylan Spencer-Davidson, TAAHLIAH. Flag designs: Zeinab Saleh. Lighting and Technical Design: Jon Cleveland. Dramaturgy: Martin Hargreaves. Producer: Ash Bowmott and Laura Sweeney, The Uncultured. Photography: Elise Rose. Trailer filmmaker and editor: Kassandra Powell. Costumes and styling: Mia Maxwell. Set build: James St. Findlay. Commissioned by The Marlborough Pub & Theatre for New Queers on the Block; Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts; Theatre in the Mill; Block Universe; and The Yard. Further support from Arts Council England, The Place and Institute of Contemporary Arts.

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